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OFFICIAL: Fiorentina sign Hernan Toledo on loan

The 20-year-old Vélez Sarsfield prospect is one of the four wingers Sousa has supposedly requested, and he's in Florence right now.


Paulo Sousa asked for 4 wingers to put his plans for a 4-3-3 into practice. While that may seem a bit excessive, Pantaleo Corvino has at least brought in one wide attacker. In a typical whirlwind signing, of which there was no signal until the day before the official announcement, 20-year-old winger Hernán Toledo will join Fiorentina on a season-long loan from Vélez Sarsfield, ith an option to buy him outright at the end of the year for a rumored €7.5 million. The player is in Florence to sign paperwork and get his medical examination, and will join the rest of the squad at Moena shortly.

Toledo is a promising winger, but very, very raw. He's an old-fashioned sort of player who wants to stay wide, get the ball, then leave his man behind in a cloud of dust. He's got plenty of pace, and an impressive ability to reach top speed almost instantly, but that's really his best quality right now. His technique is good, but not astounding, his crossing remains a work in progress, and his general passing is, well, undeveloped. He's best suited to work on the break, where his searing speed will let him terrorize defenses.

While he could prove to be a useful signing down the road, he's probably not ready to contribute much right now. His pace and tendency to stretch the pitch mean he could be a useful sub, but he's probably just not ready for any high-level Serie A matches right now. If the rumor about 4 new wingers is true, this shouldn't prevent Cristian Tello from returning, and maybe even a couple new attackers from filing in. With his youth, rawness, and hefty buyout clause, it's tough to see what Corvino's game is here, but in Pantaleo we trust, I guess.